LOS CABOS, Mexico — Producer, with Christian Valdelievre’s Cinepantera, of Maria Jose Cuevas’ “Bellas de Noche,” which won the Audience Award at Los Cabos Festival on Saturday, Panorama Global, the Mexico City-based production house launched in 2015 by Gerardo Gatica, Alberto Muffelmann and Moises Cosio, is pushing forward on its 2016-17 production slate.
Its volume, ambition and range speaks large of the energies now coursing Mexican movie production.
On its flagship project, “Museum,” Alonso Ruizpalacios’ follow-up to “Gueros,” which it produces with Ramiro Ruiz’s Peliculas de Leyenda, principal photography is scheduled for Feb. 2017.
With Distant Horizon in talks to board “Museum,” a large international interest from sales agents and distributors and the projects’ capacity to attract a top-of-their class Spanish-speaking star to the film, the elements are beginning to come together on “Museum” to raise it in scale, big fest potential and media awareness above the norm of movies coming out of Mexico.
But “Museum” is not Panorama’s only ambitious play. Luis Gerardo Mendez (“The Noble Family,” “Club de Cuervos”), best known as a comic in Mexico and the Latino U.S., will take on a dramatic role in Kyzza Terrazas’ “Bayoneta,” which marks the director’s English-language debut. Producing, Panorama teams with Stacy Persky and Woo Films, whose Rafa Ley developed the film’s concept with Terrazas. With Mendez playing a Mexico boxer who attempts to make it in Finland, “Bayoneta” shoots February 2017.
In further moves:
*Cinepolis will release “Bellas de Noche,” a Netflix pickup, on 80-100 screens on Nov. 25, said Gatica.
*Family comedy ”Un padre no tan padre” will bow Dec. 23 via Cinepolis on 600-1,000 screens in Mexico, the exhibitor’s biggest commercial release to date. Also producing, Anant Singh and Brian Cox at Distant Horizon closed a U.S. distribution deal with Pantelion. Panorama and Distant Horizon is now in conversations to make a sequel and U.S remake, Gatica said.
*Panorama has set shoot dates of fall 2017 for Fernando Frias’ awaited “I’m No Longer Here,” about a 17-year-old Cholombiano, a Mexican urban tribe member, forced to emigrate from Monterrey to Queens, where his counter-culture is seen as a commodity.